Gay Filmmaker and Doctor Finally Released From Egyptian Prison.

Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani have finally been released from an Egyptian prison after seven weeks that resulted in beatings, ridicule and torture.  

The two were arrested in August after coming to the aide of citizens wounded in protests. Greyson recorded the incident, which the pair says left more than 50 dead.

Here is an account of what happened in a letter they were able to smuggle out of jail.

Dr. Loubani, who is of Palestinian descent, was on his way to train medics in the Gaza Strip, and Mr. Greyson was planning to film his work there.

They were arrested together on Aug. 16 in the vicinity of clashes between the police and Islamist protesters around a mosque in Ramses Square. Having “decided to check out the square,” the two wrote in a letter provided to journalists, they heard a shout for a doctor. Dr. Loubani began treating wounded protesters, and Mr. Greyson filmed the scene. “Between us, we saw over 50 Egyptians die,” they wrote, adding, “all unarmed.”

When the fighting subsided, they “stopped for ice cream,” they wrote, and eventually stopped at a checkpoint to ask for help getting back to their hotel through police lines.

“That’s when we were: arrested, searched, caged, questioned, interrogated, videotaped with a ‘Syrian terrorist,’ slapped, beaten, ridiculed, hot-boxed, refused phone calls, stripped, shaved bald, accused of being foreign mercenaries,” they wrote, adding: “They screamed ‘Canadian’ as they kicked and hit us. John had a precisely etched boot-print bruise on his back for a week.”

They wrote that after six weeks in prison they shared a “3.5 meter x 5.5 meter” cell — about 11 feet by 18 feet — with six others, and that they were on the 12th day of a hunger strike to protest their treatment. “Now we get (almost) daily exercise and showers,” they wrote.

No explanation as to why were released. I would advise anyone to not travel to these hostile countries. We can not be secure in the fact that horror stories like this won’t happen. Not to mention that the middle east is (with the exception of Israel) viciously anti-gay. In some of the countries homosexuality is punishable by death.

via Gay Filmmaker Finally Released From Egyptian Prison | Advocate.com.

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